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11/12/2004

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Migration Monitoring at TTP-November 4-12

Alas, another superb season of bird migration at Tommy Thompson has come and gone......
 
Few net hours were logged during the final week of fall 2004 as wind, rain and cold temperatures were unyielding. Many a leaf was extracted when the nets were open however! In all, 16 birds were banded from November 4-12, most of those being Black-capped Chickadees. There was some light movement of winter finches, American Pipit and both Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Goshawk. The period really belonged to the waterfowl now staging in high numbers in the waters surrounding Tommy Thompson Park.
 
A report on fall 2004 results is currently being prepared and will be completed in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for a more detailed account. Overall, it was an excellent season of monitoring as bird numbers and species richness were the highest in our two-year history at Tommy Thompson Park. Equally as important were the hundreds of park visitors and students that were given banding demonstrations and bird talks. The implementation of both the research and education inititiatives hinges upon the dedicated support of many volunteers. On behalf of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Toronto Bird Observatory, I would like to thank the volunteers for their assistance in 2004!
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
Observations
 
Nov 4
12-Dunlin
 
Nov 5
4-Sanderling
1-Black Scoter (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Tundra Swan (2nd for TTPBRS)
1-Rough-legged Hawk (2nd for TTPBRS)
91-Snow Bunting
 
Nov 8
3620-Long-tailed Duck
2-Common Redpoll (1st of fall)
 
Nov 9
2-Cackling Goose (1st for TTPBRS)
2-Common Redpoll
 
Nov 10
1-Barrow's x Common Goldeneye (hybrid)
 
Season Banding Total
3775
 
Season Species Total
173
 
Dan Derbyshire
Migration Monitoring Coordinator
TRCA
 
The Tommy Thompson Park Migration Monitoring Program is a joint project of the Toronto and Region Conservation
Authority (TRCA) and Toronto Bird Observatory (TBO)